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      Tupac's Outlawz Member, E.D.I. Mean Talks Watch Collection

      Tupac's Outlawz Member, E.D.I. Mean Talks Watch Collection

      E.D.I. Mean will forever be remembered as a vital members of Tupac’s crew The Outlawz. When Pac was released from prison in 1995, he named everyone in the crew after enemies in America. For real name Malcolm Greenidge, his name came from former Ugandan president Idi Amin.


      The New Jersey rapper is best known for his feature on Tupac’s “Hit Em Up.” While he continues to release meaningful records for hip-hop as a whole to appreciate, he’s also stepped into the other side of the business: management and concert promotion.


      King Ice caught up with E.D.I. Mean to discuss his love for watches and being a collector.


      Talk about your fashion sense and your drip. What accessories do you wear?

      Man, I always just march to the beat of my own drum. I like fucking with shit that I’m comfortable in. I wear a lot of G-Star, they’re comfortable. They fit me right and they last long. 


      What about your watch?

      This is a Nixon. I’m a watch collector, so I got all types. This is old school, like a Swatch style. I’m a collector. 


      You got Rollie’s in your vault?

      I don’t have a Rollie, but I got some nice watches. I have about 6 watches, and a Rollie is in the future.

      Mike Darole: Find Out How a $50,000 Nearly Cost Him His Life

      Mike Darole: Find Out How a $50,000 Nearly Cost Him His Life

      Rollies aren’t always your best friend. For Mike Darole, it damn near cost him his life. Unfortunately for the Bay Area native, he was shot once already years ago back home in San Jose, resulting in open heart surgery to keep him alive. Fast forward to a few months back, he was shot AGAIN, this time in the comfort of his own home.


      2 guys jumped him in the elevators of his apartment complex in Los Angeles, and Mike went into straight survival mode to protect himself. The physical altercation resulted in the rapper getting shot in the elbow, landing him right back in the hospital — a dark place full of pain that he already had to overcome.


      King Ice caught up with Mike Darole to discuss his $50K Rolex, and why that led the two guys to try to rob him in the elevator. Thankfully, Mike survived and is here to tell his truth.


      Can you touch on the Rolex and the bad energy that it brought?

      Jewelry itself, those are trophies to me. I work really hard for that. I work really hard in general. I I want to purchase jewelry because in this music industry, that’s one of the things that other artists see. Fans and other people see jewelry, they’re like “okay.” The thing is with jewelry and materialistic things, it brings negative energy. That’s the people who don’t have what you have. I had to learn the hard way. I didn’t know that having all the jewelry was going to bring this type of energy, and that I’d be getting shot. It’s unfortunate. Sometimes I don’t even want to buy this shit anymore, because I have to look over my shoulder? Or I have to hire security to be with me? It’s ridiculous. 


      Talk about your cross pieces? 

      This right here means life forever. I really do believe in God, so I have crosses on me. I have a cross right here [points to tattoo]. I feel safe with this.

       

       

      Giveon: "Young Money was Running Everything"💸

      Giveon: "Young Money was Running Everything"💸


      Giveon is the newest baritone singer on the block, and actually the only one with his sound and style. Originality is key when it comes to contemporary R&B, and the Long Beach native delivers on all fronts.


      You may have first heard his voice on Drake’s “Chicago Freestyle” (the voice everyone thought was Sampha), but Giveon has more tricks up his sleeve. Most recently, he unleashed his de but EP titled TAKE TIME via Epic Records, proving he’s got what it takes to be one of the biggest artists in the industry. Each of the 8 tracks is a vibe, helping you get through quarantine on a brighter note.


      King Ice caught up with Giveon over the phone to chat about who he thinks had the most iconic chain in hip-hop.


      In your opinion, what hip-hop label had the most iconic chain? 

      I’m younger so whenever I came home from high school and turned on 106 & Park, Young Money was running everything. So for me, my generation was Young Money/Cash Money. At this time now, Atlanta and YSL are having a moment. It keeps switching every 5 to 8 years. My lifetime, I’d say Young Money/Cash Money, YSL and the whole Atlanta scene. 


      Anything else you want to let us know?

      If anyone hasn’t heard it yet, TAKE TIME is out now. Listen to it, show your friends, let me know what you think. 

       

       

      TEEFLII: "Big Chains and Jewelry Can Hurt You"🌝

      TEEFLII: "Big Chains and Jewelry Can Hurt You"🌝

      TeeFLii is low key a Los Angeles staple in the rap game. Coming up during the good old days of West Coast turn up, it was hit singles “24 Hours” featuring 2 Chainz and “This D” that would take over radio airwaves and clubs all over the world. Beyond that, he’s had the beautiful opportunity of working very closely with the late Nipsey Hussle, both representing South Central Los Angeles where they’re from.


      Most recently, TeeFLii released his joint EP with Dom Kennedy, self-titled to highlight his growth. In any case, he has his eyes set on the one award that matters: that Grammy.


      King Ice caught up with the Los Angeles artist to discuss how big chains and jewelry can hurt you in the long run. 


      Do you feel like as an artist you have to wear jewelry?
      Nope. Certain artists that haven’t been in the game for a long time, don’t realize that the outcomes of really doing that and spending the money on that type of jugg can have an effect on longevity. Of course they want to do it because that’s the generation’s style right now. Always been in the entertainment business. For entertainers, it’s always been jewelry. If you do it, make sure you have a stable condition after that.